Preventive Dentistry

Bleeding Gum 

Noticing bleeding gums while brushing or flossing can cause alarm. Often the cause of bleeding gums is as simple as brushing too hard, but in some instances it can be a symptom of something more serious.

 

Bleeding Gums Causes

 

One of the biggest bleeding gums causes is the buildup of plaque on the teeth. If left unaddressed this will lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Alongside bleeding gums, symptoms of gingivitis include red and puffy gums.

 

Gingivitis occurs when plaque, which contains bacteria, builds up on teeth and produces toxins that irritate the gums. Signs of gingivitis include bleeding, puffy, sore, inflamed or red gums. Managing gingivitis is important so that it doesn't progress into a more serious form of gum disease.

Thorough daily plaque removal is your best weapon against gingivitis. Other factors that might increase your risk of gingivitis include smoking, stress, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, medications and chronic diseases.

Treatment and Prevention of Gingivitis

Here are some important ways to help manage gingivitis, and remember, it's all about keeping your teeth as free from plaque as possible:

  1. Brush thoroughly twice a day with an antigingivitis toothpaste.

  2. Rinse thoroughly with an antigingivitis mouthwash.

  3. Use a soft bristled manual or powered toothbrush.

  4. Floss daily.

  5. Visit your dental professional regularly.

 

Causes and Treatment of Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by a rise in the hormone progesterone which can contribute to an increase in the flow of blood to gum tissues making them sensitive, swollen and more likely to bleed when you brush and floss. These hormonal changes can make it easier for certain gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow and can make gum tissue more tender. While pregnancy gingivitis can occur anytime between the second and eight month, it's usually more severe during the second trimester.

Controlling plaque is the most important thing you can do to prevent problems with pregnancy gingivitis. A strict home care routine of proper and meticulous plaque removal should start even before you are pregnant. Not all oral care products are the same, so be sure to choose a toothpaste and mouthwash designed to treat plaque and gingivitis. Also try a soft power brush to make plaque removal easier.

 

Blood thinning medications may also cause your gums to bleed. If you think your bleeding gums might be due to medication, get in touch with your dentist.

 

 

Bleeding Gums Treatment

 

The best way to find out the cause of your bleeding gums is to book an appointment with a dental professional. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to advise you on the best bleeding gums treatment according to your symptoms.

Try these products to reduce gingivitis:

Oral-B® GENIUS™ Professional Exclusive Power Toothbrush

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Advanced Gum Protection Toothpaste

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Multi-Protection Mouthwash

 

Gingivitis 

WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?

Did you know… 75% of Americans will experience gum disease at some point in their life?Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease can be easily managed, prevented and treated.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis occurs when plaque, which contains bacteria, builds up on teeth and produces toxins that irritate the gums. Signs of gingivitis include bleeding, puffy, sore, inflamed or red gums. Managing gingivitis is important so that it doesn’t progress into a more serious form of gum disease.

Thorough daily plaque removal is your best weapon against gingivitis. Other factors that might increase your risk of gingivitis include smoking, stress, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, medications and chronic diseases.

Treatment and Prevention of Gingivitis

Here are some important ways to help manage gingivitis, and remember, it’s all about keeping your teeth as free from plaque as possible:

  1. Brush thoroughly twice a day with an antigingivitis toothpaste

  2. Rinse thoroughly with an antigingivitis mouthwash

  3. Use a soft bristled manual or powered toothbrush,

  4. Floss daily, and

  5. Visit your dental professional regularly.

 

What is the difference between gingivitis and advanced periodontal diseases?

Gingivitis and periodontitis are “stages” of periodontal, or gum, disease. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease marked by inflamed, swollen, bleeding and red gums. Gingivitis is reversible, but if not treated can progress to the more advanced stage called periodontitis where gums pull away from teeth allowing bacteria to cause infection that can damage teeth and their supporting bones. Periodontitis is actually the leading cause of tooth loss.

Periodontitis can cause permanent damage. Follow a strict oral hygiene routine to catch gingivitis early and avoid the progression to more serious gum disease.

Use these products to help keep your gums healthy:

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Clean Mint Toothpaste

Crest®+Oral-B® Gingivitis System

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Plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or pale yellow film that is constantly forming on your teeth. When saliva, food and fluids combine, plaque - which contains bacteria - forms between your teeth and along the gum line.

Dental plaque begins forming on teeth 4-12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily.

How Can Plaque on Teeth Affect My Oral Health?

Plaque is the root cause of many oral health issues. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel causing cavities. The bacteria in plaque can also cause the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Plaque can also contribute to bad breath and can make your teeth look dingy and yellow.

Plaque on Teeth Causes Cavities and Gingivitis

If plaque is not regularly removed from your teeth by proper brushing and flossing, it mineralizes into tartar, a hard, yellow or brown deposit that tightly adheres to the teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. If tartar is not removed it can lead to more serious gum disease.

How to Remove Plaque from Teeth

Fighting plaque is the most critical factor in protecting and preserving your teeth, and gums, for a life-time.

Try these products to maintain good oral health:

 

Oral-B® GENIUS™ Professional Exclusive Power Toothbrush

Oral-B® PRO-HEALTH™ All-in OneToothbrush with CrossAction™ Bristles

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Clean Mint Toothpaste

 
 

Tartar

Teeth tartar, also called dental calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause discoloration. It creates a strong bond that can only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar formation may also make it more difficult to remove new plaque and bacteria. Individuals vary greatly in their susceptibility to plaque and tartar on teeth. For many of us, these deposits build up faster as we age.

How does teeth tartar formed?
 

If plaque is not removed regularly, and completely, minerals in your saliva combine with plaque to form crystals that harden into tartar.


How do I remove tartar from teeth?
 

While plaque can be removed by thorough brushing and flossing at home, dental calculus can only be removed by a professional in the dental office. Your dentist or hygienist will use sharp instruments to scrape (scale) the tartar above and below the gumline and smooth the tooth’s surface which helps prevent plaque from adhering and more tartar from forming.


Why is it important to prevent dental calculus buildup?
 

The surface of tartar is rough and makes it difficult to remove plaque with a toothbrush and floss. Tartar is unsightly - it can be yellow or even brown as stains accumulate. In addition, since it attracts plaque and makes cleaning at home difficult, it can contribute to tooth decay, bad breath and serious forms of gum disease.

Stages of teeth tartar formation

Slight Dental Calculus

Moderate Dental Calculus

Heavy Dental Calculus

Heavy Dental Calculus

Choose from these products to help prevent tartar:

Oral-B® GENIUS™ Professional Exclusive Power Toothbrush

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Clean Mint Toothpaste

Oral-B® Glide™ PRO-HEALTH™Advanced Floss

 
 

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